Doorstep Crime is where someone comes to the door uninvited and tricks the householder into letting them in so they can steal or otherwise persuade the householder to hand over money. They may pose as officials such as gas or water employees, trying to sell something or seek payment for doing a job typically gardening, driveway surfacing or roof maintenance. It also includes people who persuade householders to part with money for goods and services that they never see or are charged extortionate amounts for shoddy goods or services.
Some traders are genuine, however others are not. Use the information below to ensure you are prepared and know how to deal with callers.
Preventing Doorstep Crime
www.tradingstandardswales.org.uk/help/doorstepcrime (new window) - This includes a useful downloadable ‘nominated neighbour’ poster.
Citizens Advice Bureau also provide advice on doorstep selling
Know Your Rights
It is important that you are aware of your statutory rights when purchasing goods or services on your doorstep.
The Doorstep Selling Regulations give you protection when purchasing goods and services on the doorstep or in the home. They are explained on the Citizens Advice Bureau website
Reporting An Incident
Don't be afraid to report anyone who is suspicious to the police. You should call them on 101 to let them know about a suspected rogue trader or call 999 if a rogue trader has taken money from you and is in your home or still in the local area. You should also call 999 if you think someone is a distraction burglar.
Flintshire County Council and North Wales Police are two of the many partners in a joint initiative aimed at making Flintshire an undesirable area for doorstep criminals. Trading Standards and the Police will take enforcement action against rogues where possible but we rely on the people of Flintshire to report incidents to us.
Remember, it is your doorstep, your decision.